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Forget Pokemon Black and White 2, PETA's Pokemon game really gets to the heart of the matter

Who is this 'Peter' fellow, anyway?

Product: Pokemon Black/White 2 | Developer: Game Freak | Publisher: Nintendo | Genre: Adventure, RPG | Networking: wireless (adhoc), wireless (network)
For: DS
Pokemon Black/White 2 DS, thumbnail 1
We've seen plenty of weird video game parodies from animal rights activist group PETA over the years, including a Super Meat Boy game and a take on Cooking Mama.

The organisation's latest release, however, may just be its best. Pokemon Black & Blue is, quite obviously, a parody of Pokemon Black and White 2, which we absolutely adored.

So, what exactly is PETA's beef with Nintendo's monster-battling cultural phenomenon?

Well, PETA isn't happy about the idea of young children roaming the world, forcing animals to do their bidding for them by beating one another up. Of course.

Anyways, PETA's Pokemon Black & Blue is actually really well made - it has the Pokemon turn-based game mechanics down to a tee, and it even has a few jokes thrown in here and there that show there are certainly SOME Pokemon fans over at PETA HQ.

The Mudkips joke, in particular, made me laugh out loud, while the nod to Snorlax definitely took me back to my younger days.

Putting my cynical journo cap on for a second, though, it's hard to believe that this is anything but a publicity stunt. To the trained eye, you see, it would appear that PETA is just attempting to ride the Pokemon wave of popularity.

Forget about all the weird choke collars, tail dockings, and buckets of blood in Pokemon Black & Blue: it's clear that the creator of this little game does actually have a soft spot for Pokemon, and that it's merely using this moment in the spotlight to draw attention to its causes.

So, go give it a play and appreciate just how much effort has actually been put into it. Then, perhaps have a laugh at how misguided the message behind it actually is.

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Mike Rose 9 October 2012
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@SyFyTy | 14:23 - 27 October 2012
Sometimes the best thing you can do about these type of 'Society-accepted' terrorists is to ignore them, and to not even pass thier name on, or tell anyone what they've done...best to never speak or even think of it again. Only when they are t-o-t-a-l-l-y ignored, will they go away.

By writing this article you have validated what they've done. I'm not against thier cause, only thier methods of transmitting those messeges to the world.
PS I hold this same belief for ALL terrorists, everywhere. All forms of Media and public should follow suit as above.
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Steve3000 | 23:27 - 11 October 2012
Why do these terrorist crooks keep getting publicity with their inane stunts? Take the article down Mike, these clowns threaten and injure people because of their twisted hatred and ignorance, don't give them a single millimetre of column space.

Here's hoping Nintendo's lawyers deal with this better than the games media. This sh1t was in Retro Gamer FFS.
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Harry Harriss | 07:23 - 11 October 2012
No, just no. Before writing an article like this you need to consider the advice you are giving to people.

1) DO NOT GO TO THIS WEBSITE - every visit adds to its unique visitor, which they then use to prove it has been a success when pushing their crooked agenda to other institutions.

2) There is no way, in the slightest, this game was made by anyone with a "soft spot" for Pokemon. How can you even say that? This game was made by ignorant fools who for a second have never played a Pokemon game, less they realise how stupid their cause is. There are no fans of Pokemon at PETA, otherwise why would they be involved, unless they are selling themselves out to promote a desperate grab from attention... which isn't any better.

If the KKK made a game where you went around killing Jewish and other minorities, would you say "They do have a soft spot for them" if it was made well? No, you wouldn't. The given example may be far apart, but some people are very passionate about their gaming.

The fact it is designed to get attention doesn't make it any better either. You going to the site actually confirms to them that their behavior is ok, that they can trash childrens precious memories and past times in order to get a few more people to look at whatever dumb blonde they have gotten to get naked for their cause.

These people and this game does not deserve your time, or anyone elses. Your visit enables them to keep doing it. I know its almost funny how far gone the message is, how silly it all is, but at the same time, its not. This does influence people, this does leave a dirty mark on the games industry.